Event

JMax Productions
HIRIE, Nattali Rize, Jason Jay
Fri February 14, 2020 8:00 pm PST (Doors: 7:00 pm )
Senator Theatre , 517 Main Street, Chico, CA (map)
All Ages
$20.00
Tickets available locally at Diamond W Western Wear (E 2nd St), Blaze N J's (W9th St) & Fusion Pit (Anderson Outlets)


Countless musicians receive gifts from their fans. But the relationship between Trish Jetton, front woman of the pop-reggae act Hirie, and her fans is particularly unique. Their offerings are special: lovingly curated to nurture her psyche, to stoke her self-care, her idiosyncrasies. Late last year, Trish was particularly moved when given a copy of Women Who Run With the Wolves, a book that explores feminine instinct and power. It celebrates, as she says beaming, “that wild woman archetype.”

The gesture anticipated the theme of Dreamer, Hirie’s latest album, which features the free-spirited anthem “Stay Wild,” inspired by that gift. A sonic journey baselined by reggae beats, Dreamer at turns celebrates the bold, joyful, and even messy impulses that drive the female experience. “This album is about raw honesty,” Trish says. “I feel like I was braver with exploring my emotional state and how that swings back and forth—allowing myself to be brutally honest.”

“I’m Messed Up,” a chilled-out Mexi-Cali reggae cut (its life-affirming video featuring a mariachi band), is Dreamers’ first single. “Social media makes it really easy for us to pretend to be something we’re not. We need to admit defeat, our vulnerability,” says Trish, whose finances have forced her, her husband, and her daughter to bounce from Airbnbs to friends’ houses.“We’ve lived out of suitcases for a year and a half. We’re messed up, but that’s okay!” A pair of related tracks, the ruminating mid-tempo “Better as Is” and the soulful “Stay With Me” likewise ride the ups and downs—the acceptable imperfections— of her relationships. For her, life has never been easy, but it’s always remained an adventure.

Dreamer, however, marks her first true collaboration. She penned the majority of her album’s tracks with The Drive—a.k.a. songwriters Mark Merthe and Nate Evans—then enlisted Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck) to produce Dreamer. “‘Put It Down’ has this supercool gypsy vibe,” she says. “I met Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 randomly in Mexico, and he laid down a verse. It was one of those songs that just came together.” Other tunes like, ‘I’m Messed Up,” “Message in a Bottle,” “The Way You Roll,” and “Reason to Fly” were collaborative efforts shared between band members Andres Flores, Chris del Camino, and Andrew McKee.

With Dreamer, Trish didn’t inch out of her comfort zone, she burst out of it. That leap of faith has had an indelible impact on her. “There comes a point when you don’t really have anything left to lose,” she adds. “It’s one thing my dad always told me: ‘You only get out of life what you put into it.’”